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Hi all..

Why is it that you can't do single-newlines? More often than not it bothers me not to be able to do so. Are there any reason it's been disallowed in the first place?

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It is not disallowed, and in fact very possible to do single-newlines,
just add 2 spaces after the previous line.

Alternatively, you can also use a <br> tag.
Look at the revision of this answer for an example.

See also these links for more information regarding the Markdown editor:

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I never new about the two-spaces thing. Is that and HTML rendering convention or is it specific to these sites? – Robert Cartaino Oct 4 '09 at 14:49
No, it is a Markdown thing: – fretje Oct 4 '09 at 14:57
Didn't know that :) Why make it so subtle? :P – Meeh Oct 4 '09 at 18:18
Markdown is subtle. I suppose that is what you get from a 'language' with no documentation. – Josh Hunt Oct 5 '09 at 0:04

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